The Arctic

May 2, 2004
Outside Magazine

The Trip-Finder, January 1998
The Arctic

Cruising Ellesmere and Greenland

Outfitter Departures Price Accommodations
Quark Expeditions
1 $4,495-$8,895 boat accommodations

The Route: The 434-foot Russian icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov takes an 11-day voyage out of Resolute with landings by Zodiac or helicopter. You'll see polar bears, musk oxen, glacier-topped sea cliffs, Inuit villages, and prehistoric archaeological sites.

When to go: August

Difficulty: Easy

Travel advisory: Be prepared for some serious rock and roll. As an icebreaker, the Khlebnikov has a round, shallow hull, no stabilizers, and a tall superstructure. As a result, it may roll up to 45 degrees in big waves.

High/low points:

  • Being eagerly greeted by the 60-odd inhabitants of the Inuit fishing village of Siorapaluk, who see outsiders only once or twice a year.
  • Getting seasick.

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